docks

Dockers Against Racism: an interview with Micky Fenn

Micky Fenn, docker, socialist and anti-fascist.

Interview with Micky Fenn, a socialist and trade unionist on the London Docks, discussing how he and other dock workers confronted racism among their workmates, particularly after the notorious dockers' strike in support of Enoch Powell and his racist, anti-migrant politics.

Racists, Reds and the Revolt on the Clyde, 1919

Black British sailors, 1919.

The story of a race riot that broke out in Glasgow, during the height of Red Clydeside militancy, when around 30 black sailors were chased out of the hiring yard by a mob of white sailors. Yet, rather than a spontaneous outburst of hatred, it was actually the culmination of nationalist and anti-migrant politics promoted within working-class organisations (such as the Independent Labour Party and the British Seafarers's Union) both before and even after the events.

Living The Dream with The Maritime Defence Committee during the 1998 Wharf Dispute

It's been 20 years since the MUA dispute. What went on and what lessons are there for class struggle today.
This is the latest episode of Living The Dream hosted by The Word From Struggle Street

A serious public transport strike in the Netherlands

Stop work pressure - less work pressure, less people sick

There is some serious strike action going on in the Netherlands in regional public transport. This is like a breath of fresh air in a country where the Right is on the rampage and workers' struggles have been quite subdued for much too long.

Behind the 1951 waterfront lockout - Philip Ferguson

This is a Marxist account of the 1951 waterfront lockout, one of the major instances of class struggle in 20th century Aotearoa/New Zealand. First published on the Redline blog: https://rdln.wordpress.com/2012/11/23/behind-the-1951-waterfront-lockout/

The post-war strike wave in East, West, and Southern Africa

From the end of the Second World War until the mid-'60s there was a wave of strikes in British East and West Africa, French West Africa, South Africa and Zimbabwe. The history of this class struggle has been neglected by both mainstream historians and most revolutionary tendencies based in Europe and the US.

The 1945 Nigerian General Strike

In 1945 a general strike involving tens of thousands of workers began with railway workers, then spread to other nationalised industries including dock and civil service workers, with workers at private firms supporting the strike and refusing to cross picket lines. Estimates of involvement range between 42,000 to 200,000 workers making it one of the largest strikes in colonial Africa up until that point.

Strikes in Ghana, 1961

Nkrumah with Elizabeth II and Princess Anne

In September 1961, a wildcat strike broke out amongst the railway works of Takoradi-Sekondi, spreading quickly to Accra and Kumasi and lasting seventeen days, cutting short president Kwame Nkrumah's holiday in the USSR.

Wobblies and Cossacks: The 1913 great strike

1913 general strike

A short history of the 1913 New Zealand general strike by Ciaran Doolin.